Family-Friendly Fun Runs + On your Mark, Get Set, Race!

Cooler temperatures will soon arrive and it’s the perfect time to get moving with the family. You’ll find a whole host of fun runs that welcome the entire family in Kalamazoo, Portage, and Southwest Michigan. Participation is a win for the entire family.

If you know of any additional fun runs in the area, we’d love to add it to the list. Click here to submit a run or walk to our Event Calendar.

Note: Make sure to check with the specifics of each run/walk for registration and other logistical information.

Fall Kalamazoo Area Family and Kid Runs

This list is continually updated, so make sure to check back for other fun run additions.

Fall Fun Run Kalamazoo

Saturday September 14, 2019

SPCA 9th Annual Doggie Dash

Location: Spring Valley Park – 2600 Mt Olivet Rd Kalamazoo Township

Join us for our 9th Annual, Fun 5K, Doggie Dash! Come out and walk or run the trails at the beautiful Spring Valley Park while raising money for the SPCA of Southwest Michigan. This is a family friendly event with more than just a race; bring your kids, bring your [...]

Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Saturday September 21, 2019

Kids Moving & Thriving 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run

Location: Spring Valley Park – 2600 Mt Olivet Rd Kalamazoo Township

Thank you for supporting our annual 5K to help provide physical activity opportunities for youth in Kalamazoo. This a family-friendly 5K and all youth age 17 & under are free and will receive a free t-shirt with registration! Adults registration is just $25 and includes a t-shirt, entry to the [...]

Time: 9:00 am

Saturday September 28, 2019

Super Hero 5k Fun Run/Walk

Location: The Mega List of Places to Sled, Ski, Skate, Snowshoe, Snowmobile and More Around West Michigan –

Put on your best cape, bring your sidekick, and join us for the annual Super Hero 5k Fun Run/Walk to benefit KCAN's child abuse prevention programming. It's professionally timed, and all funds remain in Kalamazoo County to help keep children safe. It's a fun morning filled with games, food, music, [...]

Time: 9:30 am - 11:00 am


Location: Downtown Kalamazoo- Burdick St – Burdick St Kalamazoo

Join us for Michigan’s shortest race, coming in at 369 feet this course will challenge you in ways you never knew! Every step of this course takes you closer to the finish line, the tangible ending of the race. Our agency walks those final steps of life with our clients [...]

Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Sunday September 29, 2019

2019 Bronson Children's Hospital RunWalk

Location: Bronson Methodist Hospital – 601 John St, Kalamazoo

The Bronson Children's Hospital Run & Walk is inclusively designed.  You have the choice of a 5K or 1 mile route depending on your interest.  If you are an avid runner, walker, jogger, speed walker or just interested in a family fun day, we invite you to register for our [...]

Time: 12:00 am

Saturday October 26, 2019

Halloween Hustle 5k walk/Run at 4-H Camp Kidwell

Location: Camp Kidwell – 39000 1st Ave Bloomingdale

Our Annual Camp Kidwell Halloween Hustle 5K Fun Run/Walk is happening again and we're hoping its bigger and better than ever! It's sure to be a good time so don't miss the fun! Run along Eagle Lake through beautiful fall foliage! The trail is mostly paved and a few short [...]

Time: 9:00 am